Last week Carl Malamud, an activist who founded public.resource.org in March, with the broad intent of building “public works” accessible via the network, and with the specific plan to force the federal government to make information more publicly accessible, began a project that will challenge two large publishers who provide access to federal and state rulings for a fee.
Mr. Malamud has begun to use advanced computer scanning technology to copy decisions, which have been available only in law libraries or via subscription from the Thomson West unit of the Canadian publishing conglomerate Thomson, and LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier, based in London.
Mr. Malamud has already put about 1,000 pages of court decisions from the 1880s online.
You can read much more about this maverick's track record and plans in today's New York Times.
Posted by P. Kaufman at August 20, 2007 9:59 AM